Fall 2011

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It's almost here! The 35th Annual CAGT Conference is just weeks away.

This year's event titled Connections: Building the Future for Gifted Students promises to be one to remember.

We look forward to seeing you all there.


>> For more information see our website linked here.

Just for Parents at This Year's Conference

  

Presents  the  2011  Parent  Institute  

Connections: Building the Future for Your Gifted Students

  

Monday,  October  10,  2011   Marriott  Denver  Tech  Center,  Evergreen  Ballroom 

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A Message From the President

  

Where did the summer go?  Did you have time to look over the books I suggested?  Did you have an opportunity to rejuvenate your body, mind and energy level? I hope you did, because we are back at school and into the full swing of the year!

            As I visited schools this week, I noticed a high level of energy- from the teachers, students and administrators.  Everyone wants success but we need to collaborate to make this goal a reality. 

            So what do we need to do and how do we do it?  As I learned at a conference this summer, we need skill and we need will.  There are some wonderful ideas on the NAGC website:http://www.nagc.org/backtoschool.aspx.  This “Back to School Kit” has lots of information for parents, teachers, students and administrators.  Our fall CAGT conference, October 10-11 will provide even more opportunities to learn from our keynote speakers, and our wonderful presenters.  Our evening Parent Institute will give parents lots of time to speak with “experts” on various topics.

            Now, let’s address the “will”.  It takes lots of time, energy and collaboration to support the needs of gifted learners. Our current financial situation in the state will continue to pit groups against each other.  The Lobato case, currently in the district courts, will also push our state to address the issue of adequate funding for all students. Keep up to date on the progress of this court case by going to this website:  http://lobatocase.org/.

            If you haven’t registered for the 2011 CAGT Conference, go our website, www.coloradogifted.org and click on the tab marked “Registration”. We are looking forward to connecting up with you in October.

 

Cheryl Franklin-Rohr

CAGT President

             

NICHOLAS GREEN DISTINGUISHED STUDENT 2010-2011

  

NAGC and CAGT are pleased to announce the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award winner for the school year 2010-2011.   CAGT is proud to have such an outstanding student in our state.  This year's winner for the state of Colorado is Evan Sullivan.  Evan attended Pine Lane Intermediate as a fifth grade student during the 2010-2011 school year.  Evan was nominated for his excellence in musical theater, academics and his ability to perceive how his talents might be of use in his future.  His student composition was very creatively written and showed exceptional communication skills. His award will be presented to him at this year's CAGT conference.

 

Originally funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC, this award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. One child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and that winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.

 

The Nicholas Green Foundation was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994.  The Nicholas Green Scholarship Fund has already awarded scholarships to high-ability high school and college students to enable them to advance their education. The Greens started the Distinguished Student Awards because they wanted to recognize young people that are working hard to make the most of their lives and develop their unique gifts and talents, and who are now about the age that Nicholas was when he died. The Nicholas Green Foundation began funding these awards in the 1998 – 1999 school year.

 

A Student Perspective

  

 

Throughout my 12 years as a student, I have had teachers who have used a variety of different methods to teach their curriculum. Some of these methods have been extremely effective, while others have been completely ineffective. In my experience, the teaching method where I learned the most and performed the best was when I was an active part of the learning process. In order for this method to work, the teacher had to be extremely knowledgeable the subject matter. The most effective learning that I have seen occurred when the teacher gave basic guidelines but allowed the students to explore the content on their own and collaborate with other students to learn the material. Throughout this process, the teacher was available to support the learning process by explaining any concepts that the students did not understand, and by providing practice work that reinforced and checked learning. The teacher would also go around and help the students as they collaborated, a method that was much more effective than simply lecturing the students. It was useful for the teachers to give a short talk at the beginning of a topic to introduce the topic and point the students in the right direction, but once this was done the students learned far more effectively by exploring the subject matter and learning in the way that suited them best. This method of teaching completely contradicts the long standing belief in the educational system that the best way to teach is to spoon feed information to students and have them memorize facts to write down when the test comes, after which it is forgotten. True learning occurs when students are given the freedom to explore, coupled with the guidance of a teacher who is well versed in the subject matter.

-Logan, CAGT Student Representative

  

Is It a Cheetah?

By Stephanie S. Tolan

© 1996 Stephanie S. Tolan

It's a tough time to raise, teach or be a highly gifted child. As the term "gifted" and the unusual intellectual capacity to which that term refers become more and more politically incorrect, the educational establishment changes terminology and focus.

Giftedness, a global, integrative mental capacity, may be dismissed, replaced by fragmented "talents" which seem less threatening and theoretically easier for schools to deal with. Instead of an internal developmental reality that affects every aspect of a child's life, "intellectual talent" is more and more perceived as synonymous with (and limited to) academic achievement.

 


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Upcoming Events

The University of Denver’s Institute for the Development of Gifted Education Annual Conference: Oct. 12-13, 2011

The University of Denver’s Institute for the Development of Gifted Education—in following its mission to impact the field of gifted education through research, publication, and outreach—works to help educators, policy makers, and parents have a deeper understanding of intellectual giftedness. In conjunction with the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, the Institute sponsors periodic gifted education conferences for school practitioners, graduate students, and university professors interested in learning about the development of curriculum and socio-emotional awareness to be utilized specifically with gifted learners. These conferences, annually held in October, host participants from across the country. Past conferences addressed themes of: integrated curriculum, advanced learners, highly gifted children, and early childhood of gifted children. From October 12-13, 2011, presenters at the “Articulate, Adamant and Abstract: Unwrapping the Gifted Adolescent” IDGE Conference will focus on topics of interest surrounding gifted adolescents.

 

BVGT Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented, have a slew of upcoming events to check out. To see the list of events including dates and times, please click on the link below. >> BVGT

  

Use the Internet for Basics and Challenges in Science and

Math Dr. M.R.E. Richards

Fall 2011

As fall beckons with crisp air and changing leaves, I am sending some of the most intriguing resource I have found your way. Enjoy the downloadable list below!

 

Happy Hunting! 

>> Download this resource here!

The 2011-2012 Western Academic Talent Search is still accepting applications. for more information please see the link below. >> The Center for Bright Kids Website Link

 

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